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Life of the Mind is a semi-annual lecture series that features a distinguished UC faculty member presenting his or her work and expertise. A panel of three will respond to and discuss the lecture from diverse perspectives, and a moderator will encourage audience engagement. The series includes intriguing insights from diverse perspectives, and encourages faculty and students from across UC to engage in further discourse.

Sponsored by the Office of the President and organized by the University of Cincinnati Libraries and Faculty Senate, the mission of Life of the Mind is to celebrate UC faculty research, scholarship and creative output and to foster the free and open exchange of ideas and discourse.

Life of the Mind Steering Committee consists of:

  • Tracy Herrmann, co-chair
  • Xuemao Wang, co-chair
  • Robert Faaborg
  • Melissa Cox Norris
  • Peter Stambrook
  • Jeffrey Tilman
  • Carol Wheeler-Strother

Life of the Mind featuring Heidi L. Maibom, Professor of Philosophy, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, "Know Others to Know Thyself: Misuses of Taking Another's Perspective"

Tuesday, March 29 |  3:30-5pm | Russell C. Myers Alumni Center

Heidi L. Maibom

Heidi L. Maibom

Current Featured Speaker

Heidi L. Maibom studied at University of Copenhagen, University of Bologna and University College London, and has held fellowships at Cambridge and Princeton Universities. She works on folk psychology, empathy, responsibility and psychopathy, for example: what is empathy and what is its moral relevance? how should we understand shame? how do we understand other minds? are psychopaths responsible agents? do you need to know what you are doing in order to be responsible for it? do judgments of right or wrong essentially spring from practical reason or emotion? are women better empathizers than men? Her publications include Empathy and Morality (editor), Neurofeminism: Issues at the Intersection of Feminist Theory and Cognitive Science with Robyn Bluhm and Anne Jaap Jacobson, as well as numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.


  • Cal Adler - Professor and Vice-Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience in the College of Medicine.
  • Valerie Grey Hardcastle - Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Ethan Katz - Assistant Professor of History in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.


Robert E. Richardson, Jr.


Robert E. Richardson, Jr., Chairperson, University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees


Past Lectures


September 29, 2015

Featured faculty member: Holt Parker - Professor of Classics, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, "Thinking with Slaves"


  • Prentice Chandler - Program Coordinator of Secondary Education and Associate Professor in the School of Education, College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services
  • Terry Kershaw - Professor in the Department of Africana Studies, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences
  • Deborah Meem - Professor and Head of the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Students, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


View the September 2015 program:


March 26, 2015

Featured faculty member: Dr. Jeffrey Whitsett - Professor of Pediatrics, Co-director of Neonatology, Perinatal and Pulmonary Biology, and Executive Director of the Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, “The Impact of the Acceleration of Transforming Technologies in Medicine and the Biological Sciences”


  • Karen Bankston - Associate Dean of the College of Nursing,
  • James Clark - Professor and Director of the School of Social Work in the College of Allied Health Sciences
  • Joseph Tomain - Dean Emeritus of the College of Law


View the March 2015 program: